Authors: Batsuuri, D; Lkhagvasuren, M

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Batsuuri, D & Lkhagvasuren, M 2021, 'Species composition of small mammal and abundance in natural and rehabilitated saxaul forest at the Gunii khooloi, Khanbogd soum', in AB Fourie, M Tibbett & A Sharkuu (eds), Mine Closure 2021: Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Mine Closure, QMC Group, Ulaanbaatar,

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Preliminary results of comparing biologically rehabilitated areas, where three different methods were applied at the same time, to the background control showed that the sapling planted area showed the greatest similarity (75%) and no difference in vegetation cover and biomass (t = -0.88, p = 0.40; t = -0.22, p = 0.83) with the control. In contrast, the similarity of the hydroseeded area was 45.5%, while the drill seeded area was the least similar to the control area (0%). This suggests that the sapling planting method was the most successful rehabilitation method. However, the study will be continued to include more rehabilitated areas and allow more time for vegetation recovery in rehabilitated areas

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